Load remaining images Photo: Mark Raker Delfest 2017 | Photos by Mark Raker Photo: Mark Raker Over Memorial Day weekend, the 10th annual DelFest took over Cumberland, Maryland. The four-day festival hosted by Del McCoury and his respective familial projects The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCoury’s was one for the books, showcasing the festival’s ability to pull huge names. In addition to the host bands, this year, DelFest saw performances by Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, Bela Fleck & Chris Thile, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Hot Rize, The Infamous Stringdusters, and more.Trey Anastasio Band Covers “Midnight Rider” At Summer Camp The Day After Gregg Allman’s Death [Videos]During the festival, highlights included Del, Ronnie and Rob McCoury’s sit-in with the Trey Anastasio Band on Friday evening, during which the musicians moved through renditions of “I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome” and “Beauty Of My Dreams.” You can watch videos from this sit-in below, courtesy of DCRANGERFAN.Trey Anastasio Band with the McCoury’s, “I’m, I’m Lonesome”Trey Anastasio Band with the McCoury’s, “Beauty Of My Dreams”Other notable sit-ins included Warren Haynes collaboration with Leftover Salmon for their performance of Neil Young’s seminal album, Harvest. The Gov’t Mule guitarist joined the group for their encore of Young’s “Down By The River.” You can watch video of this collaboration below, courtesy of jakstra.During Railroad Earth’s set over the weekend (which featured Matt Slocum on keys in the stead of Andy Goessling), the group invited guitar prodigy Billy Strings to join them during their rendition of “Dandelion Wine.” To close out their performance, the group moved into a “Head” sandwich, which housed “Hot ‘Lanta” in memory of Gregg Allman, who died on Saturday. You can listen to full audio of Railroad Earth’s set below.In addition to these special moments, DelFest 10 abounded with glorious musical moments—as is only appropriate for the long-standing festival that seems to outdo itself every year. Those wanting to relive the magic of this past weekend can check out photos from DelFest 10 below, courtesy of photographer Mark Raker.
Nearly 60,000 pounds of unwanted or out-of-date pesticides were collected for disposal through the Clean Day event held Feb. 27, 2013 in 21 southwest Georgia counties.The event was organized by University of Georgia Extension and funded by the Environmental Protective Agency. Clean Days are held to give farmers an opportunity to dispose of pesticides cheaply and legally. Clean Day events typically accept insecticides, growth regulators, fungicides, harvest aid chemicals, nematicides, bactericides, herbicides and other miscellaneous pesticides.“There was a long line going a long way but everybody was happy to wait because they were happy to get rid of all this stuff,” said Mathew Roberts, former Colquitt County Extension agent. Colquitt County was one of the southwest Georgia counties that participated. Farmers who want to get rid of pesticides legally without taking advantage of a Clean Day event have to contact the pesticide disposal company. If the farmer has enough unusable products, the company will come to them. Otherwise, the farmer has to take the unusable products to the company.“This is where people can get in trouble, too. They want to get rid of (their pesticides), and they might do that in a way they’re not supposed to, and you definitely don’t want that to happen,” Roberts said.Farmers who wish to request a Clean Day are encouraged to check with the Georgia Department of Agriculture or call their local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.To learn more about pesticide safety, see extension.uga.edu/publications. Storing old pesticides can be a safety issue, Roberts said. The pesticide and its label can deteriorate as making it easy to mistake one product for another product. And containers often break down and leak, leaving a mess for somebody to clean up, he said.“The longer you have these old and unusable pesticides sitting around, the more likely you are to have some sort of accident with them, so having Cleans Days is a really huge service to everybody,” Roberts said.
Ireland’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) has launched consultation on the country’s grid development policy for offshore wind. Based on the policy framework ultimately selected by the government, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) will similarly consult and decide on a regulatory framework for offshore wind, DCCAE states. In its Climate Action Plan published in June 2019, the Irish government committed to having at least 3.5 GW of offshore wind by 2030, which will help renewables to account for 70 per cent of electricity generation by that time. To meet the offshore wind target, the government has to put in place a policy framework for the delivery model for offshore grid, in alignment with the National Marine Planning Framework (NMPF). Eirgrid engaged the Navigant consultancy to prepare a report on grid models which, together with this month’s consultation, will help inform the policy framework. The report outlines four grid delivery models for Ireland, ranging from a fully developer-led model to a fully plan-led model. In May, the Irish government designated seven offshore wind projects as relevant, allowing them to work on and update a number of aspects so they can apply under the new marine planning regime. The new regime will be introduced by the Marine Planning and Development Management Bill. The Climate Action Plan established a working group on the framework for the offshore electricity grid, chaired by DCCAE, and directed the transmission system operator EirGrid to develop an Options Paper on offshore grid models. The consultation period was opened on 10 June and will close on 1 July. The now ongoing consultation will help determine the model through presenting evidence that will inform the decision for the most suitable model for Ireland. The selected projects include the Oriel, innogy’s Bray and Kish Banks, Codling I and II, Skerd Rocks and North Irish Sea Array (NISA) offshore wind farms.